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Monday, March 26, 2018

What is Empowerment Self-Defense?



Here is a sampling of how a few practitioners define Empowerment Self-Defense (ESD) and links to more details.

“Empowerment Self Defense (ESD) is a specific type of self defense that adheres to standards developed from within the women’s self defense community… Empowerment Self Defense grew out of a social justice movement so it does not have a centralized home — its history and development are shared by many.”

Empowerment self-defense is a “feminist, gender-inclusive self-defense system that treats violence as a tool of social control and self-defense as a means of changing this culture of violence.”


“This style of self defense focuses on feeling strong, safe, and respected in all situations. It brings attention to social issues like racism and sexism that teach us to tolerate violence and disrespect. We believe strongly that people who have survived violence should not be blamed for that violence.”

ESD is a “feminist, anti-racist, gender-inclusive approach to eradicating violence and fostering equality. Empowerment self-defense is based on the premise that, although only an aggressor is responsible for an assault, a defender has options when reacting to violence. ESD provides training for expanding these options.”

“Empowerment self defense (ESD) -- sometimes called ‘feminist empowerment self defense’ or ‘empowerment model self defense’ -- is a uniquely holistic, evidence-based, survivor-centered, feminist approach to self-protection skills.”




Monday, March 19, 2018

Shout out to 2017-2018 IMPACT Chicago Volunteers


Administrative Team
Lisa Amoroso
Katie Skibbe
Martha Thompson

Administrative Support
Stephanie Paredes
Nate Tracy-Amoroso

Board
Lisa Amoroso
Bruce Brio
Courtney Henderson
Sheila Hickey
Deb Mier
Robin Mina
Shelley Schaaf
Janette Scott
Katie Skibbe
Martha Thompson

Class Assistants
Jill Armstrong
Emma Baker
Mary Jo Boldic
Tara Brinkman
Apoorva Changedia
Kayla Chapa
Dana Dunham
Ellenkate Finley
Alissa Goldblatt
Meghan Hammond
Bianka Hardin
Amy Harmon
Diana Hay
Courtney Henderson
Jesse Holzman
Stephanie Kilper
Rehana Manejwala
Amaya Mensinger
Deb Mier
Robin Mina
Priya Nelson
Chloe Pooler
Kristen Reid
Lexy Sandin
Veronica Silva
Christi Trombino Tonzi
Michelle Trudel
Carrie Villa
Ursula Wagner
Laura Weiss
Elizabeth West
Anne Yellick

Fundraising
Aaron Christensen
Kathleen Williamsen
Amy Harmon
Allie Katz

Instructor Out-of-Class Time
Rob Babcock
Bruce Brio
Aaron Christensen (also in-class training)
Rachel Marro (also in-class training)
Mark Nessel
Molly Norris-Van Eaton
Ben Ruiz
Katie Skibbe
Martha Thompson
Margaret Vimont
Nat Wilson

30th Anniversary
Lisa Amoroso
Tara Brinkman
Laura Dini
Tess Given
Kathleen Williamsen 
Ken Gruberman
Sheila Hickey
Laura Lamb
Deb Mier
Willow Naeco
Molly Norris-Van Eaton
Janette Scott
Ellen Snortland
Luci Ballet Stanley
Martha Thompson
Yudit Sidikman

Photography
Laura Dini
Ken Gruberman
Daran Redenbaugh
Sandy Sullivan
Martha Thompson
Kathleen Williamsen

Social Media
Arden Austin
Dana Dunham
Kim Ruhana
Martha Thompson

What is IMPACT
Lisa Amoroso
Emma Baker
Bruce Brio
Tara Brinkman
Kayla Chapa
Carrie Czech
Laura Dini
Dana Dunham
Meghan Hammond
Amy Harmon
Courtney Henderson
Sheila Hickey
Rehana Manejwala
Deb Mier
Chloe Pooler
Kristen Reid
Shelley Schaaf
Tania Schusler
Janette Scott
Veronica Silva
Martha Thompson
Michelle Trudel
Ursula Wagner
Anne Yellick

If we have inadvertently not included your name where it belongs, please let us know.

Monday, March 12, 2018

The Facts Behind the #MeToo Movement

In January 2018,  on behalf of Stop Street Harassment, Gfk conducted a nationally representative survey on sexual harassment and assault.

Some of the results found in "The Facts Behind the #MeToo Movement:"

  • 81% of women and 43% of men have experienced sexual harassment and/or assault.
  • 77% of women and 34% of men have experienced verbal harassment.
  • 51% of women and 17% of men reported being touched or groped without their consent.
  • 27% of women and 7% of men experienced sexual assault.
  • Sexual harassment most often took place in a public space and was committed by strangers.
  • Sexual assault most often took place in a private residence and was committed by someone known by the person assaulted.
  • Women with disabilities and women who identify as lesbian and bisexual were more likely to experience sexual assault than other women.
  • Men in socially marginalized groups were more likely to experience sexual harassment and assault than other men.
Some things you can do:


Monday, March 5, 2018

Katie Skibbe is an IMPACT Treasure(r)

Katie Skibbe delivers a powerful palm heel
Photo: Daniel Teafoe

Katie Skibbe has a deep commitment to anti-violence and has put in untold volunteer hours for over the past sixteen years. In 2002, she served as a crisis counselor at Northwest Center Against Sexual Assault. Her involvement with IMPACT started in 2007 after completing the Core Program.

It seems safe to say that the IMPACT community is well aware of Katie’s work as a Lead Instructor (certified April 2016) and Workshop lead (from 2013 to present)! If that is news to you, here is a link to her Instructor Bio. What you might not know is that Katie is also our Financial Department.Yep, she is it! She is actively involved in major policy decisions providing her wisdom and assessment of proposals on IMPACT’s financials; she is our Bookkeeper, handling reimbursements, bills, etc. She is also our Payroll Director, managing our payroll and relationship with Paychex. She is our Accountant, handling our IRS and State of Illinois filings; She is our Insurance Broker, she handles the selection of our insurance, the coverage options, the negotiation over premiums, and the payment – these are no small tasks(!). Katie’s administrative team work is absolutely incredible!

What you also might not know is that Katie serves as our Board Treasurer. This means she keeps the Board apprised of IMPACT’s fiscal situation through her careful attention to the numbers and helpful reports, but she does all this without ever forgetting our mission…

...AND she has been playing all of these roles since 2010.

Katie’s expertise (CPA, MBA) and experience (over 15 years of violence prevention work) regularly benefits IMPACT and our efforts to fulfill our mission. We are so fortunate to have Katie on our team.

Lisa Amoroso
IMPACT Chicago Board Chair
Admin Team Co-Leader